December 8, 2013
Police arrests suspects over Sarmiento train line riots
Federal Police Deputy Chief, Hugo Matzkin, confirmed that at least three suspects for the stealing of the ex Sarmiento train line ticket-boxes in the Haedo station were detained.Users of the former Sarmiento train line erupted in rage due to delays experienced this morning, burnt down two train formations, and went against the rail workers present at Haedo, and Ramos Mejía stations.
According to sources, the service was limited between Moreno and Liniers stations, which could have unleashed the anger of a group of users that were waiting for the normalization of the service.
After making 30-minute stops at the stations of Morón, Merlo, and Ituzaingó, users got upset and left the train formation when it had stopped again nearby Ciudadela station. Then a group of users, it is yet unknown whether they were in the train or not, started to throw rocks at the train, and forced the motor-man to evacuate the locomotive's cockpit so that they could burn it down as well with the rest of the formation.
Furthermore, ticket-boxes at both HAedo and Ramos Mejía stations were looted. Likewise, rail workers unionist Rodolfo Micheletti, indicated that a group of individuals took two ticket vendor machines set at the station's platform and threw them over the rails.TBA train company spokesman, Gustavo Gago, told reporters that “there was a derailment early this morning that forced us to limit the service between Liniers and Moreno stations.”